Senate sets inquiry into extra-judicial killings on Aug. 22-23

By on August 11, 2016

Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (Chari Villegas / Senate Pool)
Senator Leila de Lima (Chari Villegas / Senate Pool)

MANILA—The Senate inquiry into the alleged extra-judicial killings and summary execution has been set on Aug. 22 and 23.

This after the Senate committee on justice and human rights approved during the Thursday’s reorganizational meeting the Senate Resolution No. 9 asking for the investigation on the alleged extra-judicial killings under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Senate committee on justice chairperson Leila de Lima said she wanted to know from the Philippine National Police (PNP) whether all the police operations against drug suspects are legitimate.

According to the reports, almost 500 drug pushers and users have already been killed amid the intensified campaign against illegal drugs by the Duterte administration.

Meanwhile, Senators Panfilo Lacson and Alan Peter Cayetano are now convinced to hold a Senate probe on the extra-judicial killings.

Lacson has expressed fears that the Senate inquiry would break the momentum of the government’s successful drive to end the drug problem in the country.

Lacson said he would rather ask the PNP on what solution it has done to stop the summary executions.

Cayetano, for his part, said the Senate should look for the weaknesses and the needs of the PNP to perform effectively their duties as protectors of the people.

The senators agreed not to humiliate the resource persons particularly from the PNP headed by Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa.